Four tire makers hiking prices
AKRON-Four tire manufacturers have announced price increases.
Continental Tire North America Inc. is raising prices, effective Jan. 1, on its commercial and off-the-road tires as a result of rising raw material and other costs. The increase of between 3-6 percent affects all of Conti's truck and off-road brands including Continental, General and Semperit.
Yokohama Tire Corp. and Pirelli S.p.A. each are raising prices 3 to 5 percent in December. Yokohama's price hike affects its consumer, commercial and OTR tires and is effective Dec. 31.
The Pirelli increase, which impacts the company's pricing in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, covers all of the firm's consumer, motorcycle and heavy truck tire brands.
Hankook Tire America Corp. is raising its tire prices by 3 to 5 percent, effective Jan. 1. The price increase applies to Hankook's full line of passenger, high-performance, light truck and medium truck tires.
RMA hires v.p. of gov't. affairs
WASHINGTON-Scott Brenner, associate administrator for external affairs at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will join the Rubber Manufacturers Association in early December as its vice president of government affairs.
Mr. Brenner, appointed to the NHTSA position by President Bush, formerly served as assistant administrator of public affairs at the Federal Aviation Administration. He also worked for the House Ways and Means Committee and for Reps. Clay Shaw and Bill McCollum, both Republicans from Florida.
Conti improves ordering systems
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Continental Tire North America Inc. has installed new steps in its dealer ordering process for better service.
Conti said its passenger and light truck replacement group centralized its SalesSupportCallCenter at the tire maker's headquarters in Charlotte. The move is aimed at improving the phone ordering process and expanding the online ordering system, ContiLink.
Conti added that its online system's registered membership has quadrupled in the past year. Conti said it will soon provide access to ContiLink for its co-op and Gold programs, national account claim file imports and marketing section enhancements.
TIA forms State Assn. Council
BOWIE, Md.-The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has formed a State Association Council to provide a link between state dealer organizations and TIA's executive committee and board.
Co-chairs for the state council will be Shaw Jared with the Tennessee/Kentucky Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and Tom Wright, TIA treasurer and board member.
Other council members are: Peggy Fisher, TIA secretary; Larry Morgan, TIA adviser and past president; Bob Smith, North Carolina Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association; Steve Akridge, Virginia Tire & Automotive Service Dealers Association; Shawn Herrick, Mid-America Tire Dealers Association; and Chuck Space, Texas Tire Dealers Association.
``We are looking forward to developing a much closer relationship with the state tire dealer associations,'' said TIA President Dick Gust.
TIA also is hosting a State Association Executives Fly-In March 1-2 in Washington.
Cooper names product team
FINDLAY, Ohio-Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has named a new product launch team to oversee the development, launch and production of new product platforms.
The team will be led by Mary Pauken as director of product launch programs. The team also will in-clude Mark Armbruster, Douglas Fenbert and Douglas Trenkamp.
Ms. Pauken, who joined Cooper in 1988, has worked as director of corporate auditing. Mr. Armbruster served as manager of management education in the Cooper Learning Center. Mr. Fenbert was the Findlay plant's ``lean champion,'' and Mr. Trenkamp served as manager of sport-utility vehicle and light truck tire development.